The Undercover Book List

The Undercover Book List
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Pajama Press
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October 05, 2022
He's known as the class troublemaker. She's known as the bookworm. But when every note they send is anonymous, identity is suddenly what they make it. 
Between her father's posting overseas and her best friend Sienna's move to the other side of the country, seventh grade is looking lonely for Jane MacDonald. But Sienna has left her with one last trick: a hidden message in a library book―the perfect plot to start a secret club and find Jane a new book-loving friend. 

Tyson Flamand has problems of his own. Since the fourth grade he's had a reputation as a bad kid, and there's no point fighting it when teachers always think the worst. So when he finds an anonymous note in the library looking for a nerdy new friend, he knows he's the last person in the world it could be meant for. But something makes him answer it anyway, and Tyson finds himself pulled into a secret book club where being hidden may be the first step to being truly seen. 

With the insight of a veteran middle-school teacher, Colleen Nelson, author of the award-winning Harvey Comes Home and Sadia, weaves together two stories of identity, expectation, and the courage to challenge both. As their paths move ever closer, Jane and Tyson both discover their own self-reliance and their ability to overcome obstacles that seemed insurmountable.

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Unlikely Friends
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Colleen Nelson knows kids, which shows in this sweet and engaging story about a video game-addicted underachiever who reinvents himself as a nerd with the unintended help of a classmate whose best friend has just moved away. The chapters are short and sweet, which helps if you have a reader who is reluctant to pick up books that are longer. The situations are relevant for children of all ages, parents away due to work obligations, ailing grandparents, ever-evolving friendships, and deciding to be who you are and not being ashamed of things you enjoy.
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I gave this book five stars as I loved the addition of it revolving around book recommendations and a real competition in which children can become involved.
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